Birmingham: Australia captain Aaron Finch feels with the amount of time they have played England in recent times, it will all boil down to whoever holds their nerve better when the two traditional rivals lock horns in the second semi-final of the World Cup at Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Thursday.
England have won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two sides since the 2015 World Cup.
At this World Cup, Australia beat England by 64 runs earlier at Lord’s.
Finch said England have been “front-runners” in world cricket since the last World Cup which Australia and New Zealand hosted.
“I think when we look at our side at the moment we are full of confidence going into this game. Obviously England have been probably the front-runners in world cricket over the last four years, the way they have changed the game, their game plan in particular has been very aggressive, taking it to the opposition,” Finch said at the pre-match press conference.
“So for us we know how they are going to play, they know how we are going to play. We have played each other a lot over the last couple of years, so it will be whoever holds their nerves, whoever takes the half chances, whoever starts off the game really well in the first ten overs, whether it is with bat or ball, it will be so important for either side.
“I think World Cups are very special, they bring out the best in the best players, so I think that’s why Australia have had a very rich history in World Cups. I mean, winning four of the last five, it’s been a great achievement,” he said. IANS